The Apollo is definitely a miracle. The theatre has stood through two world wars, a depression, an economical boom, and many other major events. The Apollo Civic Theatre represents two things – the beautiful building and the wonderful theatre organization.
During the late Nineteenth and early Twentieth centuries Martinsburg did not have a lot going for it. There was one thing, though, that kept this town going – the theatres. There were a number of motion picture houses and show places including the Strand and Central Opera House. The Central Opera House had been a show place, but by 1910 it had deteriorated badly and was in need of replacement. The Strand was also in bad shape and later torn down.